Italian Designers “re-design” Death…


Today on Seattle’s Morning News I talked to Italian Designer Raoul Bretzel about the company he co-founded called, “Capsula Mundi” that seeks to challenge the manner in which we are buried across the world today and the impacts on the planet.

The duo designed an egg-shaped pod, made of biodegradable material, where our departed loved ones are placed for burial. Ashes will be held in small egg-shaped urns while bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods. The Capsula will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the future of our planet. Family and friends will continue to care for the tree as it grows. Cemeteries will acquire a new look and, instead of the cold grey landscape we see today, they will grow into vibrant woodlands.

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Community comes together for the children one year after the death of Charleena Lyles

My interview with Dee Hillis from Solid Ground and Lhorna Murray who is a resident at Solid Ground, a mother and an artist. Lhorna was key in helping the community focus on the children who hadn’t dealt with the trauma of Charleena Lyles’ death. Working with Art with Heart they were able to get out some of the anger, pain and fear through art therapy…

To see the wonderful art created by the children at their “Lit” gallery showing check out:

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